Can Spring Be Far Behind?

After a long period of “water, water everywhere,” the rain gauge had an inch in it, and the ground is once again like an unsqueezed sponge. But the sun has emerged, my spirits are raised, and the garden and woods are full of singing birds…tufted titmice, wrens, chickadees, purple finches, bluebirds, and mockingbirds. I caught a quick glimpse of a red bellied woodpecker flying away from the suet feeder. A downy took its place. I hope the red bellied will take up residence in my woods. I refilled the bird feeder with sunflower seeds.

They say that the harbingers of spring are robins. Today at lunchtime, with the sun shining down, I spied three robins in the garden. I ran to get the camera, but they flew off when I approached. Later I was able to grab a quick shot with my iPhone through a bedroom window. I apologize for the lack of crispness in the photo, but the arrival of the first robins in my garden is an occasion to be recorded.


There’s just something special about a blue sky and robins in the garden in January.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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15 Responses to Can Spring Be Far Behind?

  1. Cathy says:

    I had to look twice, but have now learnt that your robins are not the same as the European robin! Both are lovely though, with their splash of red colouring.


  2. When the spring arrives for you, it should be only a few weeks before we have it as well. Still watching for robins here!


  3. bittster says:

    Now that’s a promising sight!
    Sure is better than the 8 inches of snow which showed up in my garden this morning :/


  4. Pauline says:

    Our robins stay in the garden all year round, they are lined up with the blackbirds waiting for me every morning, to hurry up with their breakfast ! Do yours migrate?


  5. Last winter we had robins the entire season. This year they must have smartened up and went south. It really is nice you have a spring visitor.


  6. I used to look forward to the first robin sighting! Here in coastal Georgia, I am learning a whole new calendar year for birds’ comings and goings. One thing we have now is a Great Horned Owl sitting on two eggs! The SKidaway Audubon has a web cam – you can find through Cornell also. That is a wonderful sight! Baby owls should appear in a week!


  7. Chloris says:

    Your birds all sound very exotic. But here too the birds have started singing and they obviously feel Spring is on the way, even though it is still cold. Our European robins are with us all year round and they get very tame. Mine appears as soon as I go outside and follows me round the garden.


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